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Bob's Wellfleet Oysters Rocky Recipe

This classic is a must-have recipe for any oyster lover. It's great for a party!


  • 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp. butter
  • a few shallots, chopped
  • 1 tsp. ground fennel seed
  • 3/4 block cream cheese
  • 8 oz. baby spinach
  • 3-4 dozen Wellfleet oysters
  • Parmesan Reggiano
  • 2 oz. anise-flavored liquor (eg. Pernod, Sambuca or Absinthe)
Wellfleet oysters

To Prepare:

  1. Preheat the broiler.
  2. Make the sauce - Sauté the shallots in the olive oil and butter, add the ground fennel seed. Blanch the baby spinach, drain well and mix with the shallots and cream cheese.
  3. Open the oysters. Put them in a pan atop crumpled aluminum foil or rock salt. Top each oyster with a dab of the sauce, a bit of parmesan reggiano and then 3-4 drops of liquor.
  4. Place under the preheated broiler and broil until the edges begin to curl (a few minutes).
  5. Enjoy!